Well September flew by and I’m sure for those in lockdown it is a little like Ground Hog Day. I’m fortunate to live in Queensland where we haven’t been in lockdown, although I see it coming as the positive case numbers start to grow.
My September had the lot – highs, lows and in-betweens which I suppose is what life is all about isn’t it? It is never a straight line and we all experience bumps and hills, twists and turns along the road we call ‘life’.
Let’s get the Lows out of the way first because I would rather end on a positive note!
Fortunately, there weren’t too many but one in particular is taking it’s toll on both my husband and I. We’ve both not been well over the last 6 weeks really with a recurring cold and cough. We have COVID tests each time which are negative but we can’t seem to shake it off. I think it is due to our immune system which has been affected by stress and also I’ve been training hard for my marathon so my body is telling me to slow down.
I won’t go into too much detail but the strain caused by a family member contesting my late Mother-In-Law’s will is certainly impacting our life. My husband is the Executor so there are responsibilities not just to the beneficiaries but also to uphold his Mother’s wishes.
Being sick and legal wrangles has certainly taken me off track so I’ve decided to stop, take stock and have committed to My October Overhaul. Hopefully this will bring me back to living life with joy and doing things that bring energy to my life as well as decluttering what is negative and draining.
Now for the positives and I’m grateful that they outnumber the negatives.
I did it!
My proudest moment during September was running my 4th full marathon (42.2km) at 64. I wrote about my experience in my post Age shouldn’t be a barrier to your dreams. I’ve now run one at 55, 61, 63 and 64 and I think that will be it. My body and the mental strength required not just on the day but the 6 months of training is a commitment I don’t want to keep moving forward. I will still keep running but not such a long distance. I was pretty pumped though!
School holiday fun
Nothing brings more joy to me than spending time with my grandsons. I see them weekly but on school holidays Nan has a sleepover and we spend two days together. I love to plan creative things to do together and adventures to take. During the first week, we went on an Adventure to Queens Park at Ipswich where we visited the Ipswich Nature Centre.
Ethan wasn’t well during Week 2 so we stayed close to home. We still had fun baking and decorating cupcakes, painting T-shirts for Halloween and making Pizzas for lunch. With a movie on the couch in the afternoon it was still a pretty good day.
Book Club & Baking
My Online Book Club is a highlight for me with a wonderful combination of discussion and more importantly a treasured friendship. I also look forward to our ‘baking’ at the end of each book. I’ve shared with you that my Book Club is studying the Bronte Sisters and at the end of each book, our resident baker in the group, provides a recipe which is relevant to the book. This time it was Bakewell Tart although we made it as a Slice. It wasn’t the healthiest but certainly it was tasty. You can find the recipe on my friend Jo Tracey’s blog The Brookford Kitchen Diaries.
If you want to see what I’ve been reading apart from Book Club you can see a list in my latest post for the What’s On Your Bookshelf Challenge?
Helping others stay Fit and Healthy
I love working with the lovely ladies in the Strong Healthy Women FitFlex community. I enjoy training them to stay fit and healthy as they age and we certainly have fun. The sessions cover strength/resistance and flexibility/balance which is vital for keeping us strong as we age. Why not come and see what it’s all about? You can Call a Coach to organise your FITFlex Experience. http://bit.ly/callacoach and also register your interest in a FREE week in the FITFlex experience.
During September I participated in Women’s Health Week presenting a 5 day Self-Love Challenge for the Strong Healthy Women community. We did daily Facebook Lives and covered topics around Heart Love, Mind Love, Strong Love, Spirit Love and Flexible Love which included Heart Health, Mental Well-being, Strength training, Spirituality and Meditation and Flexibility in our body, mind and our approach to life. I thoroughly enjoyed these presentations.
I’ve also started training some friends as part of my final practical for my Personal Training Certification. I only have 5 modules to go mainly writing a Business Plan, and I will have completed two Certifications in the last two years. One as a Group Fitness Instructor and now the additional Certification of Personal Trainer. I so look forward to these sessions and their progress as not only been amazing but I feel validated in the training I’m providing. What I’m doing is my purpose and I love it.
I love doing the Women Living Well After 50 Podcast and during the month I interviewed:
Lou Hamilton, Creative Director at SILK STUDIOS Podcast Guest Agency, – Becoming A Brave New Girl – How to be Fearless After 50
Peta Gillian from Strong Healthy Women – How to Build Pelvic Floor Strength – It’s all about the Core
Karen Herbert, Life Coach and co-founder of Themelios Coaching – Transitioning the Empty Nest to live your best life
Social Media Challenge
I joined Denyse Whelan for her #ShareSeptember2021 one word challenge. Each day there was a prompt of one word for us to share a revelent photo or quote. I haven’t been able to stick to these types of daily challenges for some time but I succeeded with this one, and posted for 30 days straight. Go me! You can see what I posted through my Instagram @WomenLivingWellAfter 50 or Women Living Well After 50 Facebook Page .
We are fully vaccinated
When I wasn’t on a High or experiencing a Low, I enjoyed reading and relaxing with walks by the beach. I’m hoping that the relaxing part increases during my October Overhaul.